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To The Teeth: Must-Knows About Dental Health, From A Dentist

August 19, 2017

If you ever truly want a "Hollywood smile", the first place to start is at the dentist - but that isn't just because there are now a plethora of seriously fast and easy ways to "perfect" your teeth (with veneers and more now impressively quickly made and put in, for instance) and other aesthetic treatments. Nope, as with most things, the first place that begins is with your health. Just like the way your skin will look its best when the base - the healthy condition of your skin - is in good shape, the same goes for your teeth. And it isn't just your smile it affects either - in recent years, studies have found that the state of your oral health has been linked to your quality of life and overall health in many other ways, including weight loss and even how long you might live. So we turned to a dentist - Dr. Victoria Sole, a General Dentist at The All England Practice (thepractice.ae) - a Dubai-based polyclinic run by a team of British-educated, trained and qualified doctors all passionate about the health of your mouth and teeth - for the answers to our most pressing (and the most common, yet often forgotten) teeth-related questions. We won't lie - it's a lot of information, and this is a long post - but it's useful information, so just grin and bear it! 

 

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How often do you really have to go to a dentist - is it truly every 6 months?

Ideally, yes, 6 monthly check-ups and cleaning are best. The purpose of a 6 month check-up is firstly, to make sure everything in your mouth and jaw is stable and healthy. It is also a great opportunity for us to check up on your oral hygiene habits – are you brushing thoroughly and correctly? Are you flossing? Are you flossing properly? All these things you need to be reminded of twice per year. Your dentist should be checking your TMJ (tempero-mandibular joint) for any clicking or popping, to check for any signs of bruxing and grinding – an extremely common problem in the UAE due to the stressful, busy lives people lead! They should then be checking your lymph nodes, skin and lips for any abnormalities. Next, we check the soft tissue inside your mouth for any signs of trauma or ulcers, abnormalities in general. Next is the health of your gums, and yes we can tell if you’ve been flossing! We check for any gum recession and/or bleeding, as well as plaque and calculus build-up; a little calculus build-up, especially on the lower front teeth, is a good sign that you have a healthy saliva flow and you’re hydrated! The final step is to check your teeth – we’re looking for any signs of tooth decay, wear, fracture, erosion of the enamel and much more! Basically, prevention is always better than cure. So if we have a hold on what is going on in your mouth, and you as a patient also understand what is going on, we can tackle any problems effectively and efficiently! The 6-monthly scale and polish (cleaning) is important to remove calculus build-up and allow for adequate brushing and flossing by you at home! It is part of the regime for healthy gums!

 

What exactly happens in a dental cleaning? We all go through them but what exactly are the processes that we go through?

Dental cleaning, or ‘scaling and polishing’, is the process of removing calculus build-up. Calculus is basically plaque that has been calcified by the calcium in your saliva. Some people may know it as Tartar. As I mentioned, a small amount of calculus is a healthy sign. However, if left too long, calculus can build up too much and cause problems such as gum recession and gingivitis. It will also prevent you from being able to brush and floss your teeth effectively. During a scale and polish, we remove the calculus from above (and sometimes below) your gums, using both ultrasonic (the loud vibrating metal thing!) scalers and hand scalers. Calculus can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist - unfortunately we don’t have the ability to do it at home with a toothbrush! After scaling, we usually floss between all the teeth to ensure we haven’t left any calculus behind, and then polish the teeth to remove any stubborn stains and make your teeth beautiful and shiny! If you haven’t had a scale and polish for a while, this process will take longer and probably be uncomfortable, which is another reason why we advise people to come and see us every 6 months, to make the process easier for all involved!

 

What about flossing - how important it is, really, that we floss every day? 

If you were to only ever brush your teeth, you would essentially be cleaning only 60 – 65% of your teeth. Flossing is imperative to oral health. The areas between our teeth account for 35 – 40% of our tooth surfaces. Flossing helps to mechanically remove the bacterial colonies that like to reside between our teeth and within our gum pockets. If these colonies are left to develop and thrive, they cause a world of problems, starting with gingivitis and bad breath, and ending with periodontal disease (which is the most common cause of tooth loss), and tooth decay. Never mind the detrimental effects on the rest of your body (more on this later!). Some dentists would go as far to say that if you picked only one oral health habit (between brushing and flossing) then choose flossing. There are so many new developments in oral hygiene nowadays, from mouthwashes and electric tooth brushes to water and air floss devices, but in reality, all you need is a soft tooth brush, some fluoride toothpaste and a piece of string to achieve optimal oral health (plus a couple of visits to your dentist every year!). For some (and by some I mean very few), flossing every other day is adequate. What I like to tell my patients is this – if you floss every other day and your gums DO NOT bleed then great, you’re doing it right. But if they are bleeding, then up the frequency to every day and make sure your technique is correct! The sign of healthy gums is NO BLEEDING. There’s a famous saying in dentistry – you don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!

 

Do whitening toothpastes really make a difference or is that usually just marketing spiel?

Whitening toothpastes are a great adjunct to professional tooth whitening. I personally advise my patients who have had professional whitening treatment to use whitening toothpaste if they want to help maintain their bright new smiles. However, used only by itself, whitening toothpaste doesn’t have much effect on whitening teeth, because it simply does not contain enough hydrogen peroxide (if any!) to remove deep stains and whiten the teeth!

 

Can the overuse of whitening strips actually ruin your tooth enamel and teeth?

It is well known that whitening your teeth can cause tooth sensitivity, but this is not actually due to damaging the tooth enamel. The primary product of whitening strips (or any whitening product for that matter) is hydrogen peroxide, also known as bleach. Do you know what happens when you put bleach on a stain? It bubbles up and the stain dissolves. Essentially, this is what is happening on your teeth. The enamel in your teeth contain tiny tubules and pits that stains like to live in. When these stains are bubbled away and removed, these tubules and pits are left empty and open to the environment, meaning any rush of cool air or cold water can cause a shooting sensitivity. Once the stains refill these tubules or pits, the sensitivity is reduced, which is why we advise patients to rub sensitive toothpaste on their teeth after any whitening procedure, to help fill up these tubules and pits with calcium carbonate instead of staining and reduce any sensitivity without re-staining. The actual structure of your enamel is not affected by whitening in any way! Saying that, I would advise not to overuse whitening strips, and to give your teeth and gums a break of at least a few weeks between treatments.

 

Can at-home whitening strips ever be as good of a substitute for professional tooth whitening for those who can't get it done in a clinic?

This all comes down to the percentage of hydrogen peroxide applied to your teeth. In the UK, the limit that dental professionals can use on your teeth has been reduced to 6%, which is significantly lower than what is available in the UAE. Over the counter whitening strips and whitening products have very low percentage of hydrogen peroxide. In chair professional whitening and professional take-home kits available in the UAE not only contain a higher percentage (up to 32% in some cases) but many are also light activated, which can increase stain removal and improve the whitening effect of the product. Any whitening procedure should be done in conjunction with a professional scaling and polishing, to remove any surface build up and staining before targeting the deeper stains. Therefore, whichever whitening procedure you chose, it is advised that you visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning before commencing. In chair whitening procedures definitely have better immediate results, and new products are coming onto the market that significantly reduce the post-whitening sensitivity. If you get professional whitening, you can rest assured that everything is done safely and effectively, rather than risking an over-the-counter product.

 

How often would you recommend tooth whitening is done (or what's the amount of time you'd recommend people leave a minimum of between sessions), for both at-home treatments as well as professional ones?

For professional in-chair whitening, it is recommended no more often than once every 6 months. If done properly, the results of in-chair whitening will last between a year and 18 months, depending on personal habits such as smoking, coffee drinking and diet. Using a reputable take home kit, the longevity of results depends on the individual person, but I would generally advise not to use it for more than 5 to 7 days per month, and usually people can go 3 to 4 months without feeling the need to repeat treatment. For over-the-counter bought products, again, try to stick to maximum 5 days per month in terms of frequency, and make sure you’re combining that with the use of sensitive toothpaste, possibly a whitening tooth paste and correct brushing and flossing!

 

Sometimes at-home whitening strips can hurt your gums - and make your teeth sting a little. Could you damage your gums this way, and does that mean you're leaving them on too long? Professional treatments can also be painful - why is that?

The reason why at-home whitening strips are hurting your gums is because the bleach is burning them. The downside to at-home strips is that they are not custom made to fit your teeth, so the hydrogen peroxide is exposed to the gingival tissue (the gums). In the same way that bleach is corrosive to the skin, it will burn your gums. The stinging sensation of the teeth is more related to the exposed tubules and pits within the enamel allowing air to travel directly to the pulp/nerve of the tooth, which again can be corrected with topical application of sensitive toothpaste. Professional treatments can also be painful at the time for some patients – everyone has varying tolerance levels of pain and sensitivity. Usually the in-chair professional whitening causes pain because of the teeth heating up from the light. I’ve recently started using a new in-chair whitening system, which actually contains a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide than the previous system I was using, but the light does not produce as much heat. I have found that significantly less patients are complaining about post-whitening tooth sensitivity, with the whitening results just as great as before. If your gums are sore after in-chair whitening procedures, it means that your gums were not protected and isolated correctly!

 

Many studies claim that if your oral health is out of whack, your entire body's health will suffer as well, from weight gain to so much more. Is this true, and why is that the case?

Poor oral hygiene and subsequent oral health has continuously been linked to heart disease and stroke. This comes down to bacteria in your system, leading to an increase of inflammatory proteins in the body and consequent atherosclerosis (or thickening of the arterial walls). It hasn’t been proven that periodontal disease CAUSES these issues, but it has been found that most sufferers of heart disease and/or stroke also suffer from periodontal disease. As of this moment, there is no conclusive direct correlation between oral health and weight gain, but the chronic inflammation in the body may contribute to the inability of the body to function adequately and may impair weight loss. As we know, inflammation in the body is a precursor for many health issues. Periodontal disease and gingivitis are two of the most common undiagnosed health conditions in the world, partly because they are generally slow developing and don’t necessarily cause any ‘pain’. People will go their entire lives without a diagnosis, especially if they do not regularly visit the dentist. The chronic inflammation that these oral diseases cause definitely has a recurring effect in the body. Fun fact – did you know that the build up inside our arteries is called ‘arterial plaque’? Coincidence? I think not.

 

There's an old wives tale that you should brush your teeth before doing anything else in the morning, due to bacteria build-up in the mouth overnight - but then again many people (especially orange juice drinkers) hate doing so because it ruins the taste of their food. Is there any truth to the bacteria aspect, and how safe is it to eat and drink after eating breakfast rather than before?

To be honest, it doesn’t matter much whether you brush your teeth before or after breakfast, as long as you brush them before you talk to anyone!! Personally, I like to brush my teeth as soon as I wake up because it helps me wake up! Ideally, we would brush our teeth as soon as we wake up, and then again after breakfast to remove any food debris we have left in there. I would definitely advise to brush your teeth first thing if you prefer to start your morning workout first thing as workouts can leave you dehydrated, and bacteria left in your mouth combined with a lack of saliva flow can lead to tooth decay. For the orange juice drinkers, brushing before is preferred. Brushing your teeth immediately after orange juice or coffee can have detrimental effects to the enamel – the acidity in orange juice or coffee can soften your enamel. Combined with abrasive tooth brushing this can eventually cause enamel wear and in the long term, it will cause irreversible enamel damage. If you do prefer to have coffee or orange juice first thing, drink some water after and wait a little while before brushing to prevent the acidic enamel wear.

 

People often forget to take off their makeup before bed after a hard night out, but even worse is those who forget to brush their teeth. We know what it does to your skin makeup-wise - what will it do to your teeth and mouth, and how quickly?

Even the best oral health advocates out there forget to brush their teeth before collapsing in to bed from time to time, but if this is becoming a frequent habit, it is important to understand the consequences (and if you’re a mouth breather then immediately stop this!). Over the next eight hours of your slumber, bacteria in your mouth is having the time of its life feeding off the sugars left behind and producing enamel eroding acid! When we’re sleeping our saliva flow naturally decreases. A mouth breather suffers from an even greater lack of saliva during the night! Saliva is our mouth’s natural acid buffer, helping to neutralize the acid produced as a by-product of bacteria metabolizing glucose and reducing enamel erosion. Combine the natural decrease of saliva flow during the night with the dehydration of a night out and the lack of tooth brushing and we have a recipe for disaster. All too often I have young adults visiting me, who have never suffered tooth decay or had a filling throughout their childhood and teenage years. When they start their university life, or even move to Dubai (hello Friday brunches!) their oral health starts to deteriorate and before they know it they’re suffering from the most common disease in the world – tooth decay. Suddenly they need fillings, and this unfortunately comes down to the frequency of them going to sleep a little fuzzy, dehydrated and disorientated too often per week. Just how not removing your make-up for one, two, or even three nights per week is going to cause break-outs, consistently falling asleep without brushing your teeth will have negative effects on your teeth and will allow for the enamel to be eroded by acid. Handy tip – if you really cannot muster the strength to brush your teeth before you hit the hay, at least drink a lot of water to flush the acid away as much as possible!

 

What is gingivitis and how common is it?

Gingivitis is gum inflammation – gingiva is the medical term for gums, and ‘itis’ is the medical term for inflammation. Gingivitis is extremely common and can be identified by bleeding gums. If your gums bleed when you floss or when you brush, then you have gingivitis. If you haven’t had a scale and polish for over a year and you do not floss regularly or brush correctly, chances are you will have gingivitis. The good news is, a simple trip to your dentist for a check-up and clean, in combination with flossing will cure gingivitis. It is probably one of the most easily curable health issues out there. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more than just gum inflammation. Gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, otherwise described as the destruction of the tissues that surround the teeth and hold them in place. This includes not only the gums, but the bone that the teeth sit in and the periodontal ligaments that connect the tooth to said bone. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is also extremely common and much harder to treat. Periodontal destruction will not ‘grow back’ naturally, and requires expensive and extensive treatment by a periodontal specialist (or Periodontist) to repair the damage that is already done. Your best bet is to avoid gingivitis in the first place, by establishing an efficient and effective oral hygiene regime (brushing 2 times per day, flossing every day, drinking plenty of water) and sticking to your 6 monthly check-ups and cleaning at your dentist!

 

Natural toothpastes, like natural or aluminum-free deodorants, are now gaining popularity. What are your thoughts on natural vs. more chemical-based toothpastes?

To me, the most important ingredient in any toothpaste is fluoride. Whether a toothpaste is natural, chemical- based, has whitening properties or tastes like bubblegum, doesn’t matter. Fluoride is the only aspect of toothpaste that improves the oral environment and helps to ward off bacteria. There has been a lot of hype in the media about fluoride recently, with claims that it is bad for you and it will poison you. Here’s the thing – anything in high doses is bad for you. We all know that. The amount of fluoride present in toothpastes, mouthwashes, tooth mousse etc. is NOT enough to cause any damage to our teeth. Even combining fluoridated toothpaste with drinking fluoridated water is not enough. You would need to EAT tubes and tubes of toothpaste every day for it to have any effect. Science proves that fluoride is bactericidal, which means that it stops the metabolism of bacteria, essentially killing it. It is extremely effective on bacteria present and responsible for tooth decay. One of the main benefits of fluoride to your dentition is stopping the initiation and progression of tooth decay, which is why we advise parents to make sure their children use fluoridated tooth paste. So, in my opinion, go ahead and use a natural toothpaste, why not? But if it doesn’t contain fluoride, then don’t bother!

 

Charcoal toothpaste seems to be latest trend - does it really work for tooth whitening? Would you recommend people purchase an actual charcoal toothpaste, or is it safe to use the powdered charcoal that's popular at the moment?

The concept behind charcoal toothpaste is that the charcoal binds to the stains to remove them, in combination with the abrasive effect of the toothpaste to help ‘brush’ away the superficial stains. The effectiveness of charcoal toothpaste is yet to be proven scientifically, but clinically it shows relatively decent results. Whether these subjects are just concentrating more on their brushing technique and therefore brushing more effectively because their toothpaste is black is yet to be proven, but initially it doesn’t seem like a completely implausible concept. Again, if the charcoal toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride then don’t rely on it as your primary toothpaste, I would suggest using it in the morning, and then using a fluoride containing toothpaste at night. If I’m honest, the idea of putting powdered charcoal into my mouth and brushing it around sounds quite unappealing! If you’re willing to do that to get white teeth, then visit your dentist and have professional whitening done instead!

 

If someone has stubborn discoloration or stains on their teeth, what would you recommend for them to get rid of them?

Discoloration and stubborn stains are two different concepts when it comes to our teeth. Stubborn stains are generally more superficial, and may be caused by a diet containing a lot of coffee, tea, and red wine, foods that contain tannins and smoking, or perhaps a combination of all of it! It could also be cause by staining of existing fillings that need to be polished out or removed and replaced entirely. Stubborn stains can easily be removed by a combination of an effective scale and polish, correction of fillings and professional tooth whitening. Discoloration of the teeth can have much more intrinsic causes, including defects in enamel development and structure, existing root canal treatments, medication, and/or previous trauma to the tooth. Discoloration may not be treatable with external bleaching of the tooth, and the patient may require a more invasive approach to treatment, perhaps some internal bleaching of the tooth or some sort of permanent restoration to mask the discoloration, even a combination of the two. If you are suffering from discoloration or deep staining of some teeth, it is best to seek professional dental treatment and not just use over-the-counter whitening products, as these can make the problem stand out even more. Us dentists have many tricks up our sleeves (or scrubs!) to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, and most of them are a lot simpler than people think and can lead to brilliant results!

 

If someone doesn't have teeth that are crooked enough for them to want to warrant a full set of braces or an immediate aesthetic change, but still doesn't have a full set of absolutely straight teeth and wants to fix a couple of them, what would you recommend for treatment?

The great news is that aesthetic dentistry is rapidly growing and developing, with new products constantly out on the market. Aside from the great aesthetics of having straight teeth, a lack of crooked teeth allows for ease of cleaning, they’re much easier to floss, and they don’t pick up stains as quickly. Personally, I always give my patients three options of treatment when it comes to straightening their teeth for aesthetic purposes. The first is fixed braces, which is extremely effective, but as we know most adults do not want to be walking around with train tracks. The second option is removable spring aligners, such as the Inman Aligner, which is great for correcting the front four teeth top and bottom and is quick (6 to 16 weeks), but compliance can be a bit of a challenge as they are a little bulky, difficult to wear and difficult to talk in – they require extreme commitment! The third option, and the most popular, are clear aligners, Invisalign being my brand of choice due to the effectiveness of the product and the ease for the patient. What most people don’t know is that Invisalign have developed some newer products such as Invisalign Lite and Invisalign i7, which are specifically designed for more aesthetic alignment, or in non-dental terms, the smile teeth. Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners worn by the patient for up to 22 hours per day. You take them out to eat and brush and floss. They do not affect speech, they are comfortable to wear, and they produce brilliant results. There is a reason why they are the most well-known brand of clear aligners on the market. 

My approach to aesthetic dentistry is to be as conservative as possible, in regards to preservation of the tooth structure. Previous dental trends have seen dentists drilling off large amounts of virgin tooth structure to make way for ceramic crowns or veneers to mask the misalignment of patients’ teeth and make them appear straight. The progression of conservative dentistry has seen dentists take an approach that is perhaps more sustainable long-term. By efficiently aligning the anterior teeth, as long as there are no issues with the patient’s function, not necessarily correcting the malocclusion (the way your teeth bite together) we allow for significant improvement of aesthetics. In this way, we retain healthy tooth structure, healthy gums and allow for ease of oral hygiene. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place for veneers and crowns in modern dentistry, they can be extremely effective and produce excellent results. But the shift to conservative aesthetic dentistry is definitely following the general current health trend – prevention is better than cure, and providing a healthy, stable structure will in turn create visually pleasing aesthetic results. Health is key! Once my patients have completed their alignment treatment, whatever it may be, it is essential to establish retention. Our teeth are constantly moving, and as anyone who has had braces or orthodontic treatment in the past will know, if you don’t use retainers, your teeth will misalign! I usually combine both fixed and removable retainers for my patients to ensure long-term stabilization.

 

Is it true that if you wear braces, that you'll have to wear a retainer forever or they'll shift back?

As I’ve mentioned above, it is definitely true! Stabilization is essential following any kind of orthodontic treatment, whether it be comprehensive or aesthetic. Although some people aren’t comfortable with fixed lingual retainers (the wire fixed to the inside of your front teeth), as long as you’re visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning, there is no reason why you can’t have these retainers in place for the rest of your days.

 

What's the difference between halitosis and regular bad breath - and is this related to your oral health?

Halitosis is bad breath. Some people suffer more extremely than others, and this is down to a number of factors. In strict regards to dentistry, the causation of bad breath can be caused by periodontal disease, gingivitis, tooth decay or pulpal infection or a combination of all of these. The main link to all of these dental issues is the presence of excessive bacteria. As we may know, our mouths are not and will never be a sterile environment – we need bacteria in our mouths to be healthy. But a buildup of ‘bad’ bacteria is what causes all of these issues, and it primarily comes down to a lack of adequate oral hygiene. Halitosis can also be linked to other issues, however, including gastric/acid reflux, xerostomia (dry mouth) cause by dehydration (a lack of saliva helping to wash away the bacterial build-up) and respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. If you are suffering from bad breath, your first appointment should be with the dentist, and if everything is dentally sound, your next port of call should be your GP.

 

If someone has a slight overbite or underbite, could this cause problems for them down the line and would you recommend they get it fixed for health and comfort reasons, or would you suggest that they only do so for aesthetic reasons?

An overbite or underbite is a form of malocclusion, a term used by orthodontists and dentists to describe a relation of the upper and lower jaw that is not ideal. Many people function adequately with malocclusion their entire lives, others will suffer from detrimental effects not only to their dentition, but also to their TMJ (tempero-mandibular joint). Correction of malocclusion is determined from case to case. Most often it can cause wear on teeth, which can be detrimental long term. TMJ disorder is a very relevant and usually undiagnosed issue in dentistry, which can lead to not only problems with the teeth and jaw, but muscle pain in the neck and shoulders, and persistent headaches. Correcting an overbite or underbite for aesthetic reasons may not improve TMJ function, in the same way that correcting TMJ function will not improve underbite or overbite. The best way to treat these issues is to establish if they even are an issue, and progress from there! Your dentist should provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, which should include plenty of review appointments to track the development of your conditions.

 

If someone has problems with grinding their teeth at night, what kind of dental problems could this cause and how would you recommend they solve them?

More and more often I am seeing patients who present with symptoms of bruxing and grinding. Usually triggered by stress, this involuntary night-time habit can cause extensive issues long-term, some of which I have highlighted above. A lot of patients do not realize they are grinding their teeth, but one check of their TMJ and dentition will speak volumes. The force put on the teeth during night-time, unconscious grinding is up to 100 times more than the forces we could apply to our teeth in the day, up to 300lbs of force per square inch, with some patients clocking up to 4 hours of direct contact between their upper and lower teeth during the night. That is a HUGE amount of pressure being put on our teeth and gums, which can cause occlusal enamel wear and fractures, abfraction lesions on the sides of our teeth and damage to the TMJ itself. For some people, the occlusion can be corrected using a variety of dental techniques and procedures to correct the occlusion. For others, we simply have to try and relax the TMJ and the mastication muscles around it, by not allowing them to contract to their full ability. This is done using a night-guard, which is essentially a piece of acrylic (hard, soft or a combination of both) molded to our teeth and worn every night, to suspend our jaw open by 2 to 3mm not allowing full contraction of the masticatory muscles. Think of it like not performing a bicep curl to full contraction – the muscle will lose its strength over time. Eventually we may be able to remove the ‘muscle memory’ and reduce the force of the grinding, but because the habit is involuntary and performed unconsciously, it can’t ever be completely controlled. We can only reduce its power!

 

People who play contact sports regularly are recommended to wear a mouth guard. What are some of the consequences that could happen if they don't wear one, and how exactly does one work?

Contact sports are both brilliant and dangerous. One wrong move can have disastrous effects. A proper, dental, custom fitted mouthguard is just as important as wearing shin pads in football or a cage helmet as a hockey goal keeper. Aside from the protection of your teeth, a correctly fitting mouthguard can help reduce concussion, and risk of jaw fracture upon impact. A mouthguard is designed to stabilize the contact between the jaws upon impact. If correctly made, mouthguards should be comfortable and easy to wear, the athlete should also be able to communicate relatively clearly and breathe easily! Without a mouthguard, if you do happen to knock out your teeth, it is extremely difficult to ‘reattach’ them, and you’ll probably then be facing a lifetime of extensive dental visits and expensive treatment!

 

If you could tell people to make three habits daily non-negotiables when it comes to their dental health, what would they be?

Firstly, flossing daily; once you start and form this habit, I promise you won’t go back! Secondly, brushing morning and night, no one wants to see your breakfast in your teeth! And finally, a habit which often goes unnoticed but is probably the most common piece of advice given out in regards to anything surrounding health – drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. This allows for a healthy saliva flow and plenty of acid buffering capability! 

 

Want to find Victoria and talk to her about your teeth even more? You can reach her at The All England Practice at 800-England, where she can give you everything from a consultation to a detailed oral health check-up and more. 

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